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Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC) is a registered charity whose mission, since our establishment in 1995, has been to be the parent voice for families with children diagnosed with cancer across the Province of Ontario.

 

Vision Statement: OPACC will be the leading voice and expert resource for families and organizations navigating the childhood cancer journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does OPACC support families?

Our three pillars of support are:
 

I. In-hospital support through our Parent Liaison program

 

II. Community support through community-based parent support groups and training of new Facilitators
 

III. Advocacy efforts to enable parents to advocate for themselves and to advocate for all families on a wider Provincial level, including: E.I. legislation for benefits to Parents of Critically Ill Children, reduced hospital parking rates, representation for childhood cancer survivors, supporting the educational needs of children with cancer, raising awareness of childhood cancer and of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September), providing the caregiver voice to the pediatric oncology drug approval process, and more!

Who are your members?

OPACC is comprised of parents, guardians, survivors, and close relatives of children and teens diagnosed with childhood cancer. Although 50% of our membership is from the Greater Toronto Area, we are a Provincial organization and our members can be found all over Ontario. We also have some families from seven other Canadian Provinces and even other countries who are in Ontario for their child's treatment!

How many families have you helped?

To date, over 1,000 families have been supported through OPACC!

What special considerations does taking care of a child with cancer involve?

Taking care of a child with cancer is very different from taking care of an adult with cancer. Here are some points to consider:
 

  • Children need 24/7 care.  Adults can often take care of themselves for a portion of the time

  • Loss of one full income

  • Having to make life-threatening decisions about the treatment of your child, who often cannot make such decisions for themselves

  • Double-whammy for grandparents who witness the suffering of their "baby's baby" 

  • Neglect of siblings

  • Trauma to other children (i.e. friends, schoolmates) who don't understand what's happening

 

Childhood cancer causes immense emotional and financial upheaval in affected families, with effects lasting long after treatment is complete - irrespective of outcome - through post-traumatic stress on both the child and the parents, financial consequences such as loss of employment, debt, and bankruptcy, and long-term side effects that can last the rest of their lives. Read some informative stats on childhood cancer here.

How are you different than other childhood cancer charities?

OPACC is different because we support parents (and families) of children with cancer! While children with cancer deservedly have access to an impressive support network of healthcare professionals, friends and family, and charitable organizations focused on making them better and improving their quality of life, parents are often the "forgotten patient" and experience a high level of stress while juggling the demands of caring for their sick child as well as for the rest of the family and work. A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating in its impact to the entire family, as they experience fear, anxiety, and frequently face financial hardships. OPACC believes in the value of providing parent support and that strong families start with strong parent support.

How are you funded?

OPACC is an independent registered charity; while we often partner with other organizations to provide services to our families, our programs are managed separately. OPACC receives no government funding and all funding for the development of our programs, services and special events (which are provided at no cost to our families) comes from the donations of generous organizations, businesses, foundations, and individuals.

Are you part of the hospitals?

Although closely integrated within the hospitals through our Parent Liaison program, OPACC is an organization operating and funded separately from the hospitals we work out of. The hospitals do not provide funding to OPACC.

Read and share the presentation below to learn more about our work and how you can help!

2016 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

524 Bayfield Street North
P.O. Box 20005
Barrie, ON L4M 5E9
Canada

info@opacc.org

1-888-290-5496

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